WOOD RIVER ‒ An Alton man was charged today for firing a pistol in a bar's parking lot, police said.
At about 12:18 a.m. Jan. 25, the Wood River Police Department received a 911 call from a neighbor about shots fired in the parking lot of the Rubber Duck Bar, 305 E. Edwardsville Road.
Officers from Wood River and neighboring police departments responded. Upon arrival of the police, it was learned that the suspects had fled west on Edwardsville Road.
The initial investigation revealed that a fight had taken place between two patrons, starting at the bar's entrance and moving inside. Individuals inside the bar broke up the fight, but a short time later people began arguing outside as the parties involved were leaving the building. This verbal argument became physical, and one of the individuals involved in the initial altercation went to his vehicle and returned a short time later with a pistol, firing a shot in the direction of several individuals. The bullet struck a vehicle near several bystanders.
Wood River detectives were able to identify the shooter as Aaron L. Perry, 21, of the 1200 block of Central Avenue, Alton. The Madison County State’s Attorney's Office today charged Perry with one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and one count of reckless discharge of a firearm.
Perry’s bond was set at $50,000. He was not in custody Tuesday afternoon.